ETH Zurich Foundation, CYBATHLON


For a championship driving research on assistive technologies for everyday use


Using an exoskeleton to stand up and walk, or a prosthetic arm to hang up washing – assistive technologies have the potential to make life easier for people with physical disabilities. But these systems frequently still lack functions suitable for everyday use.

Shaping the future

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This was what prompted Robert Riener, Professor of Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH Zurich, to launch the CYBATHLON – a championship where people with disabilities compete against each other using state-of-the-art assistive devices to tackle everyday tasks. The overwhelming response to the CYBATHLON held in Zurich in 2016 inspired the more comprehensive ETH Rehab Initiative, with the aim to enable people with disabilities to participate fully in society and improve their quality of life.

Our goal

The CYBATHLON is designed to stimulate further research on assistive technologies and a closer dialogue between users, researchers and the general public on topics such as rehabilitation and accessibility. Also for system developers, the CYBATHLON provides opportunities for active engagement with people with physical disabilities.




Your support enables

  • research on user-centric assistive technologies for people with physical disabilities
  • an increased public awareness of the needs of the people concerned


The CYBATHLON is already supported by: maxon, EKZ, Schulthess Klinik, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, BNP Paribas, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stadt Kloten, Stiftung Cerebral, MBF Foundation, Pro Infirmis, PluSport, Hocoma, NAK Humanitas, Tagesanzeiger. We are seeking further funding partners.

ETH Zurich Foundation, CYBATHLON

"We believe that outstanding and curious engineers can make a positive impact on the world. This is why we supported the CYBATHLON from the beginning."

Eugen Elmiger
CEO maxon Group


Michael Domeisen | ETH Zurich Foundation, CYBATHLON

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Michael Domeisen
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